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Cameroon telecom giant ends operations due to service interruption

africanews | Cameroon telecommunications giant Vodafone Cameroon has ended its operations in the country on Friday after the withdrawal of its license.

The service provider which started operations in 2016 said in a statement that it was no longer commercially viable to resume services in Cameroon after it was suspended in September.

“After the withdrawal of our license by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Telecoms Regulatory Board and the suspension of our services from 14 September 2017, the operator of the company, Afrimax Cameroon, concluded reluctantly that it was no longer commercially viable to resume services in Cameroon. As a result, Vodafone Cameroon has ceased operations with immediate effect,” it said in a statement.

Afrimax Group operates Vodafone Cameroon which was formed through a non-equity partner market agreement with Vodafone.

The operator of the company, Afrimax Cameroon, concluded reluctantly that it was no longer commercially viable to resume services in Cameroon. As a result, Vodafone Cameroon has ceased operations with immediate effect.

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Telecoms Regulatory Board suspended the license of the company which was issued to a different company, Northwave SARL.

Afrimax acquired Northwave SARL, yet the authorities claim the use of its license was illegal. The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng, directed Vodafone Cameroon to acquire its own license.

“I’ve had discussions with Vodafone Cameroon officials in recent months, and I’ve told them that they have to apply for a license in good form and will have to pay to provide 4G LTE to the population,” said the minister who added that under the law, licenses are personal, non-transferable and do not confer any right of exclusivity.

The action halted the operations of the company which was about to extend its 4G LTE mobile internet service to all the country’s ten regions being the first to introduce the service into the country.

Vodafone Cameroon became the fastest growing telecommunications company in the country by gaining 15,000 customers in only four months of operation and representing more than 80% of the telecom market.

The company is valued at 40 million dollars and has 116 employees around the country.

“Afrimax again apologizes for any disruption experienced by customers, businesses and suppliers, and wishes to thank Vodafone Cameroon’s loyal staff for their hard work, enthusiasm and support,” the company added in the statement posted on its website.

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6 comments

  1. Hahahaha Cameroon!!!!

    Licenses are non tramsferrable…yes they could be but when one company acquires another all the assets are acquired. Vodaphone has legal right to operate….

    This minister is being pennywisr and pound foolish. The cost of a new license pales in contribution to the taxes and value Vodaphone would habe brought to the country but because those financial numbers are not directed at her ministry / pockets she doesnt care.

    Its a great travestry and shame and reflects extremely poorly on the cpuntry. Its a deterrent to potential investors.

    Only in Cameroon! They do not want to admit they were outsmarted…

  2. As usual only the Beti clique know where they learnt governance and management.
    Surely protecting the Orange business of the “master”
    None of this rubbish will happen in Buea

  3. Pompidou Mensah

    That slave mentality always shows up again, always brutal force, no reasoning, Rwanda is using drones to transport blood and life saving medication to remote areas. The commerce that’s going on, on 4G networks, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe,Tanzania. la republique just like francafrique produces MOBUTUS. Desperate moves from a dying regime. No AFRICAN, NO WORLDCUP, No drunkenness and witcraft during soccer. This is the third time they shut down the internet in one year. LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL REPUPLIC of AMBAZONIA.

  4. Pompidou Mensah

    The US, France, Canada and other countries have cautioned travel to cameroun for human rights violations and terrorism. We advised all visitors and African countries to boycott AFCON 2018. If you speak English you will be labeled a terrorist, shot, maimed or imprisoned. I am from Kumasi Ghana,, just came back from fact finding mission, arbitrary armrests, night raids disappearances, over 4000 refugees pouring into Nigeria. BOYCOTT Cameroonian

  5. IgnoranceIsBliss

    We want to attract investors but they have to dance at the of our filthy desires.
    Just sad, how many people are back in the street trying to sell something after this, or maybe doing ben skin